Special Operations News Update 20171109

Members of the 321st Special Tactics Squadron (STS) perform a free fall parachute jump from an MC-130J Commando II. (Photo by Staff Sgt Philip Steiner, USAF).
Members of the 321st Special Tactics Squadron (STS) perform a free fall parachute jump from an MC-130J Commando II. (Photo by Staff Sgt Philip Steiner, USAF).

SOF News Update 20171109 – ANASOC graduates more SF soldiers, Russia’s EW Spetsnaz, 1st SFGA Soldier saves local mans life, 1st SFGA WO recovers from severe wounds and resumes SF career, and more. Taliban’s Special Forces Unit.

Afghan SF Soldiers Graduate. The Afghan National Army Special Forces Command recently graduated 114 Special Forces soldiers from the Special Forces Qualification Course at Camp Julien, Kabul on November 8, 2017. The new members will soon join operational teams that conduct direct action and special reconnaissance missions. Afghan Special Security Forces (ASSF) are due to double in size over the next four years. (DVIDS, Nov 8, 2017).

Russia’s EW Spetsnaz. Russian authorities have created the first specialized Electronic Warfare (EW) that will conduct counter-drone operations. Read “Russia Introduces EW Spetsnaz to Western Military District”Eurasia Daily Monitor, The Jamestown Foundation, November 7, 2017.

1st SFGA Soldier Saves Local Man’s Life. A Green Beret from the 1st Special Forces Group used his medical training to save the life of a man who was suffering from arterial bleeding. (DVIDS, Nov 7, 2017).

Taliban Special Forces Unit. The Taliban have been circulating pictures and videos of members of their ‘Special Forces Unit’. Read more in Bill Roggio’s piece in Threat Matrix, November 6, 2017.

1st SFG WO Still Serves Despite Wounds. A warrant officer (180A) who was severely wounded in Afghanistan has recovered from his injuries and has now resumed his Special Forces career. CW4 Shane Gandy was the latest recipient of the OSS Society’s Peter Ortiz award. Read his story in “Special Forces Chief Model of Resilience”DVIDS, November 8, 2017.

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